Chicken and Seafood Paella

This is a classic Spanish rice dish and my version is filled with chicken thighs, chorizo, one whole pound of large shrimp and clams.


Let's get started. Here's what you need.


– 4 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin, divided – 1/2 sweet onion thinly sliced – 2 small red bell peppers thinly sliced – 12 garlic cloves minced – 1 large heirloom tomato chopped – 1/2 cup peas frozen – 1 pound chicken thighs about 4 thighs, skinless, cut up – 1 pound manila clams – 1 pound prawns shell on – 1/4 pound chorizo – 1 1/2 cups calasparra paella rice – 32 ounces chicken broth – sea salt as needed – black pepper as needed – 1/2 teaspoon paella spice blend from Rumi Spices – 1 large lemon  cut into wedges – 1/4- 1/2 cup italian parsley chopped

In a paella pan, heat about 1 teaspoon of the olive oil over medium/low heat. Sauté the sweet onions and the bell peppers for about 10-12 minutes or until they start to sweat their juices. Add a touch of salt and pepper. Transfer them to a plate and set them aside.

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Step 2 

– On low heat, in the same pan, add the chorizo and cook for about 5-8 minutes. When done, remove from the pan and drain on a paper towel. Then add a touch more of olive oil and the chicken thighs. Let the chicken for 15-18 minutes. Add a dash of salt and pepper. Remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside.

Then adding more oil if needed, add the prawns and sauté until opaque. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the pan, then add the garlic, peas, heirloom tomatoes, sweet onions and bell peppers. Let the mixture cook down for about 20 minutes.

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Step 3

In a large pot with 2 inches of water and a steam basket, add the clams. Let them steam for 5 minutes. Discard any that didn't open. In a sauce pan, add the chicken broth and the paella seasoning and let it warm up, almost to a boil. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove them from the heat when done and set aside. Returning the garlic tomato mixture in the paella pan, add the rice, chorizo, and chicken thighs. Season with a little salt and pepper.

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Step 4 

Add 3 cups of chicken broth to the paella and let it cook for about 12 minutes. Then add an additional chicken broth, about another 1/2 cup if needed and let it continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Let the rice cook and gently stir. Place the paella in the oven to finish off cooking- for about 7 minutes. Carefully remove the pan from the oven when done and arrange the prawns and clams on top. Set it aside for 15 minutes, so that the rice can continue to cook. Add the lemon wedges and fresh chopped parsley.

Tips on Choosing and Maintaining a Paella Pan


A 15 inch Paella pan will be big enough to serve 8 people and works on the stove top. There are other sizes available. If you are using a carbon steel pan, it is very important that you don’t air dry it. After you wash it, you will want to dry it right away then “season” it by rubbing it with vegetable oil. Then the you are ready to use it again, simply remove the oil by washing it with hot soapy water. Fully dry it before use.

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